ANC slams minister for discussing NGC in public

ANC slammed Faith Muthambi after her dept said the party didn’t discuss digital TV at its NGC.

Communications Minister Faith Muthambi hosting a Digital Migration Rollout TNA breakfast meeting at Hilton Hotel in Sandton on 13 July 2015. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) has now publicly lashed out at Communications Minister Faith Muthambi for claiming that the party did not discuss reversing her decision on digital television.

On Tuesday, Muthambi's department said the issue of whether to encrypt digital television signals was not discussed at the ANC's National General Council (NGC). says Muthambi's decision to go ahead with un-encrypted digital television will weaken its position and allow MultiChoice to dominate the market.

The ANC's Keith Khoza says Muthambi had no business discussing the ANC's NGC like this, in public.

"For her to communicate NGC decisions in the way that she did is not in keeping with the practise of the ANC."

While the South African Communist Party's Solly Mapaila is also furious with her.

"For a ministry to issue a statement of this kind, directly opposing the views of the ANC is quite unacceptable."

This seems to be an unprecedented situation, where the ANC has publicly criticised a sitting Cabinet minister on a policy issue.